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Spring grass, spring fever, or Dr. Green? – Too much energy? Behavioural changes? Digestive upset?

How to manage the season of significant changes. Spring grass FACTS Likely higher levels of carbohydrates (sugars and starches), especially in pasture which is overgrazed and stressed. Increased calorie content leading to weight gain or over-excitability. Decreased levels of magnesium – causing possible anxiety and poor focus. LOW in fibre – an essential provision for daily digestive and equine health. Likelihood of nutrient deficiency in the diet if not fed a balancer or balanced diet. Watch your horses’ weight.  We are all used to seeing and hearing that horses come in from their daily turnout looking tired and full. It’s likely to find that they have eaten well in the day and seem less interested in their evening feed. Maybe...

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Obesity in ponies and horses - A growing concern?

Obesity is a growing concern and the leading health risk for ponies and horses.   What is obesity? When calorie intake exceeds calories burned through movement and exercise. Excess body fat can lead to further negative impacts on a pony or horse’s daily health.   Causes of obesity Over-feeding – especially those who are retired or not ridden Not knowing where the calories come from. The main source of calories in most equine diets is grass Too little exercise Improved care of grazing land Insulin resistance – which can increase blood sugar levels Over-rugging in the winter months, leading to unnatural weight maintenance rather than natural weight loss.   Typical signs of obesity Every horse and breed are different in...

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Laminitis - Think now

What is Laminitis? “Bacteria breaks down undigested material causing acidity in the hindgut, which kills the bacteria that digests fibre. As the bacteria die, they release toxins into the gut, which are then passed into the bloodstream through the gut wall. These toxins provoke a response within the horse that is thought to disrupt blood flow, which, in the feet, can cause laminitis.” The Blue Cross Blood flow to the laminae is disrupted, causing inflammation and swelling in the tissues of the hoof, usually combined with severe pain. Laminitis causes lameness, heat and pain in the hooves, with a strong digital pulse that can be felt in the arteries down the back of the fetlock and pastern. Any horse or...

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